Sunday, November 25, 2012

Writing the Future

Right now, I am fighting a cold which has left me almost speechless.  I am certain that my hoarse voice is a blessing to some. Nonetheless, I have the power in my finger tips to express what is on my heart and to place it within my blog.

I write often about looking to the future and making sure one leaves behind a legacy. It is important to me not because I am dying. ( Not that I know of anyway) I speak on this subject for two reasons. One is to remind myself of the importance of the future and leaving a legacy and two to get the "would be reader" to think a little about his or hers future and legacy.  I believe Jesus taught on this subject frequently. Science has even demonstrated a law which would back up this theory of mine. Sir Issac Newton's Third Law  of motion states.( Newton believed in God by the way) " To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions."  I know this refers to gravity and the moving around of objects;however, I believe God allows scientific discoveries to open the eyes to the unbelievers. Newton's third law means that all forces are interactions between two or more different bodies,and that there is no such thing as a unidirectional force or a force that acts on only one body. 

This thought gives precedence to John Donne's thoughts on " No man is an island..." 

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
John Donne (1572-1631). Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII

John Donne said that he was involved in mankind. He had an investment in mankind. There was someone much greater who also had an investment in mankind. His passion for us has never been matched and commands attention from the human race to take notice. His name was and is Jesus. His love is beyond this world and give credence to His investment into mankind.

 Romans 8:37-39  The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.  (38)  I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces  (39)  or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.

Luke 19:10  Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost."

The Savior of the world loved everyone so much that he was willing to die for all even those who think of themselves greater than he is. Those who convince themselves that their way of life is correct. Those who turn to their own wisdom and live selfish lives. Jesus thought about humanity more than He did for his own life.

There is more to life than your own personal happenings.  No man and I mean no man can be an island to himself. We have to interact with each other. We need each other. It is a spiritual and natural law.

Right now, you and I are writing the future. What we do or not do will have significant value for those who live after us. I have always been blessed to be a visionary or futurist in my life. Although, I have not always made good decisions. Sometimes, I have chosen to shed the thought of legacy because my selfishness got the best of me. Nonetheless, I can honestly say that 80% or more of my decision making has had a futuristic value in mind. I have prayed for my children's spouses since my children were babies. I have prayed for my grandchildren and great grandchildren since I was a teenager. I prayed for my future spouse when I was teenager even while I was dating girls in high school. Yes, I am strange that way or is that strange at all. I have confidence that my prayers to the great and almighty God will not come back void. My children will have God-fearing spouses who will serve Jesus. My grandchildren and their children and beyond will know this legacy of Christ. My God is not a force to reckon with. Hopefully one day, one of them will stumble upon this blog or read my personal journal.  Our life can not be just about the here and now. The decisions we make could hinder or help future generations. I wish young people would grasp this truth. In today's world, it is all about the "ME". Most people don't understand the significance of their individual life. NO YOUR LIFE IS NOT YOUR LIFE. NO YOU CAN'T DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. I believe I have given a spiritual and natural law that disputes this thought.

How can someone change their view point to one of " Writing for the Future."? I believe I have some simple truths which could help.

1. Stop thinking selfishly. ( First you have to admit you are a selfish person.)
2. Except the fullness of what Christ has for you.
3. Be more of a giver than a receiver.
4. Step outside your front door ( Most people never see the world as it truly is because they step outside from their own selfish world. There is a big world that has some pretty big problems.)
5. Make decision through and with Christ about the present and the future.
6. Forgive yourself when you make the wrong decisions.
7. Always be cautious of your legacy for life is short and your legacy might only have a few years of shining.

We are always writing the future for generations that have yet to live. What will be your legacy? What will be your manifesto? What will you leave behind? Will you leave behind that you were a follower of God's word or corrupter of God's word?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

God doesn't care! Right?

Where was God during the Holocaust of WWII? Did He care about the millions of people who were slaughtered? Where was God during the genocide of the Sudanese? Did he care for all those people who lost their lives? Many lost their lives because they simply believed in the Living God. Why would God not care for His followers? Children dying daily at the refugee camps in South Sudan. Where is the King of Kings. Where was the Living God when two planes flew into the Twin towers located in New York city, New York? Over 5,000 people innocently lost their lives. What about the Tsunami of 2004? It killed over 200,000 people. What about the Tsunami in Japan? The Earthquake in Haiti. Hurricane Katrina in 2005? The huge tornado in Joplin, MO? Finally where was God when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast? Millions are still without power and proper living conditions. God doesn't care! Right? I mean how could He allow this to happen? He is a supposed to be a God of love.  This proves that God does not exist correct? or at the least He chooses not to involve Himself with our petty human matters.

All of these are great questions. One could possibly not argue them effectively. However, what about these Questions?

  1. Why do people believe in God when bad things happen? Then blame Him for the bad things.
  2. Why do people get angry when they feel like God is pushed on them but want God to intervene when disasters happen?
  3. Why is it that people don't want to follow Christ and His ways but they want Him to intervene when evil befalls so many?
  4. Why is nothing said about people who spend thousands of dollars on a stay at a luxury hotel while the rest of the world is in turmoil.?
  5. Why is it that all those people who blame God for bad things never lift one finger to help those who are in need? They never give any finances to support charities or surrender personal time to help a charity? If they do help, it is very little and the time given is a few hours at most. 
  6. Why do we blame God and not the Evil men and women who hurt people? Many countries in Africa are suffering famine, genocide, and other tragedies not because of the wrath of God. They suffer by the evil desires from men who are demonically possessed. 
It is easy to blame God for our problems. It makes us feel better for our own personal lack and inadequacies. Many blame God because to blame God means that He does not really exists. Therefore, they don't have follow His ways and live a godly life. It is a moral issue and a sin issue.

Some want God to be a dictator when it comes to horrendous crimes but a distant being when it comes to their personal lives. It is funny how many of these people called Christ's followers hypocrites but live in hypocrisy themselves. God is not a dictator. He is not going to force us to love Him and follow Him. He desires a relationship with us but one that is not a one way street.  Yes, the creator of  the known and unknown universe CHOOSES to let us CHOOSE Him or not. Now like any choice in the world. There are always consequences to our choices. Life with Christ means life eternal and life with hope. Life without Christ means life eternally separated from Him and his love. It means spending eternity hopeless and lifeless.

God is in the midst of our suffering. He has not forgotten us. He has not caused the pain but He can brings us through it.

You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. (Psalm 10:17)

Psalms 118:5-6  I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.  (6)  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. (Psalm 31:7)

For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. (Psalm 22:24)

Throughout all the tragedies mentioned above, the living God was and is there for all the hurting. He gives them all the same choice. They can choose to call upon His name for comfort or not.  The real enemy and cause for the evil in this world belongs to the prince and power of the air. His name is Satan. He is a deceiver and deceiving many he is. 

Ephesians 2:1-6  You were once dead because of your failures and sins.  (2)  You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God.  (3)  All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God's anger just like everyone else.  (4)  But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us.  (5)  We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.)  (6)  God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him.
Sin and Satan cause more havoc in the world than any other natural disaster over the course of ten years. Why don't people blame the right person? Why don't people curse the devil when tragedies happens? Maybe they are not wanting to insult their master? Who knows. I am here to tell you that God cares. He cares for all those victims left in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He cares for all those hurting and are in abusive relationships. He desires for each person to call upon His name with a sincere heart. He is waiting for the invitation or for the door to be opened. All you have to do is receive and know his infinite wisdom. He weeps with you all. Just trust in His holy Name.